Rhode Island Hunting News

Rhode Island Emergency Amendment to Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals

DEM wishes to announce an emergency amendment to Rules and Regulations Governing the Importation of Animals. This emergency amendment is necessary to protect the resident animals of the state and its citizenry from diseases associated with animals that are imported. This emergency amendment will put Rhode Island in line with our neighboring states of CT and MA.

Rhode Island DEM to Offer "Women's Day at the Range" on May 19

The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish & Wildlife will offer a "Women's Day at the Range" on Saturday, May 19 at the Great Swamp Shooting Range in West Kingston. The free event is designed to introduce women to the world of shooting sports. Participants will discover a great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends while testing their skills with shotguns, handguns, rifles, and bow and arrow. This fun- filled and educational day is designed for participants of all skill levels. No prior experience is necessary.

Rhode Island DEM Currently Stocking Rainbow Trout and Salmon for Winter Ice Fishing Season

The Department of Environmental Management is stocking Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout in ponds throughout Rhode Island for the winter ice-fishing season. During the next two weeks, staff from DEM's Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock a total of 100 salmon and 500 rainbow trout in six ponds statewide.

Rabid Cat Confirmed in Smithfield, Rhode Island

The Department of Environmental Management and the Department of Health (HEALTH) are advising people in the area of Birch Road in Smithfield that an owned pet cat that succumbed while exhibiting signs of rabies has been confirmed positive for rabies. The cat is described as an eight year-old female orange-gray calico or tiger cat. Anyone who may have had contact with this cat should contact HEALTH for evaluation at the following numbers: 222-2577 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 272-5952 if calling after hours or over the weekend.

Rhode Island DEM Reminds Public That All Users of Management Areas Must Wear Fluorescent Orange

The Department of Environmental Management reminds all Rhode Islanders that, for safety reasons, they must wear fluorescent orange when in state management areas during the shotgun deer hunting season, which opens on Saturday, December 3.

Rhode Island DEM Announces Dates for the 2011-2012 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons

The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife has established the 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting season regulations. The three-way split season for waterfowl begins on October 7, and the season for snow geese and sea ducks opens on October 8.

Rhode Island DEM, Health Issue Advisory for Five Urban Ponds

People Advised to Avoid Recreational Activities in and to Keep Pets Away from Slater Memorial Park Pond in Pawtucket, Mashapaug Pond, Roger Williams Park Ponds in Providence, and Spectacle Pond and J.L.Curran Reservoir in Cranston

Rhode Island Asks for Reports of Turkey Brood Sightings

The Department of Environmental Management is asking Rhode Islanders to assist its Division of Fish and Wildlife's wild turkey project by reporting any sightings of wild turkey hens with (or without) broods of young turkeys (poults). DEM biologists need the information to evaluate this year's reproduction of wild turkeys, the survival of the young, and the population of the state's wild turkey flock.

Rhode Island Offers Free Fishing Days - May 7th and 8th

The Department of Environmental Management announces that Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 are free fishing days in Rhode Island. During those two days, all Rhode Islanders and visitors can fish in freshwaters without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp. The free fishing days provide local residents and visitors a special incentive to get outdoors and try something new while enjoying their natural surroundings.

Rhode Island Building New Deer Check Station in Exeter

The Department of Environmental Management announces that construction of a new hunter check station at Arcadia Management Area in Exeter is underway.